The commencement of the last phase of work at the Silverdale park and ride was marked on November 15 with a site visit by Auckland Mayor Phil Goff.
Crs John Watson and Wayne Walker also attended, along with Auckland Transport’s acting board chair Wayne Donnelly, Hibiscus & Bays Local Board members Victoria Sharp, Andy Dunn, Janet Fitzgerald and Julia Parfitt and representatives of contractors Wharehine.
The final work, which began on October 22, will see construction of a building containing ticket and AT Hop machines, toilets, cycle parking and waiting areas as well as 90 more carparks (taking the total to just over 600 spaces). It is expected to take until December next year to complete – four years after the first sod was turned.
In total, the park and ride will cost $23.4 million.
In the Mayor’s speech, he noted that as soon as it was finished, the facility would fill up quickly – something Cr John Watson described as “running fast to stand still”.
“We are struggling to keep up with demand,” Cr Watson said.
Currently the park and ride is at capacity on weekdays, with overflow parks nearby also full.
Local board members Julia Parfitt and Janet Fitzgerald said fast, frequent feeder buses from Gulf Harbour along the peninsula to the park and ride would increase the use of public transport, while cutting down on the number of car parks needed.
In response, Mayor Goff noted that the lack of a dedicated bus lane along Whangaparaoa Road would reduce the efficiency of any such service.